You’ve made the decision to take some time to unplug from your devices and all of your online social networks. Now you’ve got to stick to it. PBS MediaShift has some ideas about how to disconnect with ease:
- First, get yourself a traditional alarm clock. If you rely on your phone, the first thing you do in the morning is grab that phone. It takes a lot of control not to then check email or shoot off a text.
- Gather family or friends over a meal and bring up the topic of unplugging. Ask what they think about it. Discuss the merits. Discuss the downfalls.
- Set achievable goals for yourself. First try unplugging for an hour after you get home from work. Work your way up from there.
- Put the phone out of sight. Designate a basket or place or cupboard where devices are stashed during unplugged time.
- Make a plan for what you will do when you do unplug. You will feel anxious and reach for your missing phone. It helps to have something fun to do.
Read the rest from PBS MediaShift here.